Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Rhiannon Aarons

Week 8’s artist conversation is with Rhiannon Aarons. Aarons’ is currently a student at California State University, Long beach in the MFA program. She began her career as a digital designer, webmaster and Art director for different internet companies in Orange County, and has been affiliated many other businesses in the Southern California area. It was back in the early 2000s where Aarons’ wanted to partake in a more hands on career. Paving the way, Aaron’s began her studies in formal art training at Otis College of Art and Design.

Aarons’ show “Ex Libris” features eight pieces in the Max L Gatov gallery. The first sets of her works are three hand drawn images hung on the wall. All three resembled the same image of one entity, and comprised of three heads – an

Anaconda, wolf and horse.   Her method to create the Hecate is by drypoint. This is a process of intaglio printing that creates marks that fade slightly, due to the matrix wearing down each printing. The other piece is called Crate for Remains of a Mythical Creature. It was a crate in the corner of the gallery filled with dirt. The dirt is from the graves of Donna Reed and Betty Page. The last of her work is Serpents and were displayed on the wall.   The three images were digitally printed, 2 of the three prints were black and white, and the other was colored. The images were Aaron’s interpretation of a serpent.

Hecates represents the false information of the female anatomy. In the book, The Clitoral Truth, illustrations that were printed utilizing wood engravings, and became a form of authority. This technique is the one Aaron used to create the Hecates. The Crate for Remains of a Mythical Creature is filled with the grave dirt of Donna Reed and Betty Page. The use of the two’s grave dirt “serves as an index to the corporeally unknowable feminine body.” Reed is known as the perfect housewife, while Page is noted for the contemporary soft-core pornography and both lie within the same cemetery, and are decomposed into the same earth. Serpents were chosen to be depicted as female, and the scale were replicated by Aarons’ body measurements.

I chose Aaron’s because her work was the most interesting out of this week’s shows. I was allured by her Serpents prints and the serpent head shaped crate in the gallery. I enjoyed the illustration of the female serpent anatomy.

Serpents by Rhiannon Aarons
Serpents by Rhiannon Aarons



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